Steve Jobs: iPhone 4 over the air HD video upload coming "in the future"

One of the big complaints of the iPhone 4 and HD video recording is that HD videos do not upload to YouTube in HD. However, it looks like we'll be getting this feature soon.

Here's the email that Chris T. sent to Steve Jobs:

I'm a HUGE fan of your products... MBP, Ipad 64gb WIFI, 2 iphone 3g's and now 2 iphone 4's... but I have a complaint... What's the point of building in HD video capabilities when the compression upon uploading directly to youtube makes the video's useless and not viewable? They're not even remotely viewable!! I was so excited about this feature on the Iphone 4, but sadly to say, this is a serious disappointment. In today's world, HD video is pointless if I can't upload it "as is" directly to the net.

This was Steve's reply:

You can upload them via a Mac or PC today. Over the air in the future.
Sent from my iPhone

As someone who uploaded a video to YouTube expecting HD quality and being thoroughly annoyed when it wasn't, I am very excited to hear this. But how far into "the future" must we travel? Will wifi be required when uploading HD quality videos?

What do you think? Are you looking forward the future which brings this feature?


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johny rotten says:

Why is there not more outrage at the fact that you can not do anything with iMovie unless you enable Location awareness?? Isn't that supposed to be an OPTION, that helps me, not limits me from using paid products?
WTF does apple care where I EDIT my movie....grrr

Tim says:

That's great, Mr. Jobs! Sooooo what are you doing about iPhone4 reception problems???
Check your priorities sir!

Chukknob says:

Tell steve to fix my antenna issue first.
Mr. IPhone 4

JR says:

The app pixelpipe will upload HD 720p to YouTube and other sites as well. Tried it today and it worked great.

dloveprod says:

Who's excited about iAds going live tommorow? I know I am :cheesysmile:

Chris says:

out of all these emails from "steve jobs" there always one line, im starting to think these emails are fake, ive emailed to or whatever it is and i get no reply whats so ever so yeah

cardfan says:

Glad that'll be fixed later.

Ryan says:

I'd like to ask him why can't it do it over WIFI? That makes no sense.

Sean says:

Why is TIPB continuing to ignore the iPhone 4 3G data issue?

Exposed says:

Several of you already posted exactly what I was going to which is.......
How bout working on the current hardware and f'd up software issues you have right now instead of planning the next big sucker product.
Sorry guys. I never post but read very many forums on a daily basis. I just recently bought a 3GS (no contract) to replace my 3G. The new ios 4 not only has my 3G running sluggish but I finallybstared setting up my 3GS today and 30 minutes ago it froze for the first time. I cannot get the unlock slider across without slowly starting with the middle of my finger. If I try a hard restart I get the same thing. When the unlock screen does come up the numbers don't register. I have had this phone for a week. I just went through the settings page made all adjustments then bang.......that was it. Even tried plugging it into iTunes. This bugging ios4 needs a fix fast. Getting ready to head out of town with a useless phone.
I cannot believe with all these issues there are still a bunch of idiots standing in line like sheep to slaughter. They look ridiculous. It's a damn phone and a flawed one at that.
I did not getba iPhone 4 because I became very disillusion when I get hit with the bait and switch from Att which I believe apple was aware of. Hope the lawsuit pans out. If I walk into that damn apple store tomorrow the guienous will just want to restore it and I have too much time in that phone 3GS getting apps, passwords and all on it.
I have honestly lost my apple admiration. They are getting too big and need some serious competition.
I'm not a fangirl but I do own an iPod touch 2g, iPhone 3G and 3GS and an iPad 3G. (yeah got suckered into the great unlimited option that would be available. F u AT&T. My 3G iPad is just bused as a wi-fi tablet.

Gaius says:

Why would anybody want to upload HD video from their phone? It takes forever to do so over 3G on phone hardware. It's best to drag and drop them to your computer then upload from a real internet connection.

Luis says:

Yay just emailed jobs asking about opening apple stores at puerto Rico, hope to get reply

Chris M says:

@Luis I hope so! Por lo menos en el area metro

zet2002 says:

I've heard this before..... the near future.

Applicazioni iPhone says:

i hope it will really be fixed
but i am skeptical

roknrole says:

You guys are a bunch of pansies. Just wait until you get home to your desktop to upload your HD video. I noticed the same thing when I tried to upload a video as well...but then I thought, "wait a minute, this file has got to be huge" and noticed the little thing that tells you it is compressing the video.
It's really not that big of a deal, and doesn't seem like something that needs to be "fixed" because there's nothing wrong with it. Everyone is whining about their amazing new piece of technology. Just enjoy the phone like I am, you dolts.

JR says:

Actually my AT&T upload speed is over 1mbs on the new iPhone 4 compared to only 0.72mbs on my DSL.
So it actually was faster to upload on AT&T cell network with the new iPhone 4. Using pixelpipe to load 720p was flawless!

ddot196 says:

Near future ie iPhone 4s lol.

csimpkins says:

Why even put the functionality in there if it's essentially useless?
Obviously, they have the capabilities to allow uploads of the larger files over 3G. Now that AT&T has decided to limit bandwidth, there's no excuse not to allow it. It's my bandwidth that I'm paying for, let me do what I want with it.

Joe McG says:

Trust me, nobody cares about your dog chasing a squirrel and nobody cares to see it on Facebook in HD...

Tim b says:

Thank you, Joe! Seriously, get over yourself and stop crying about not being able to upload HD video that nobody will watch anyway. Ha!

csimpkins says:

Welcome to the internet. There's a lot of stuff here you don't care about.
That doesn't mean I shouldn't be able to use the full capabilities of the device I just paid $200 for.

Joe McG says:

It's called a joke. Learn to laugh.

iPheuria says:

So I'm thinking updates over the air will be possible then too :0) What I want to know is why Steve Jobs never writes back to me? is it because I'm Canadian Steve?? :0P

Raws says:

Time to make an app .
Email the video to yourself then upload it from that email to YouTube . I know it's not possible yep but it's in the works .

Skee says:

I think Steve does reply to ur emails, look at RoknRoll posting.... Steve?

Mr Groove says:

it works now, I have HD quality uploading with IOS5. You need WiFi to upload in HD quality, but finally HD quality. I don't need to transfer videos from my iPhone to my computer, then upload to YouTube! About Time!

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